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•i\ tir i. t, igr £!&" SWf Hfl*' Z"' if v-t &» rsji Pa 14 11^ vfc W itit I ls» SW Plilfe ?r& The Alert DAILY AMD WEEKLY LRSHALL McCLURE. Tile -Yankton Press and Dakotaian ^ays: "The capital contest has assumed anew phase. North Dakota enters the Held with Jamestown as the point upon which its ambition is centered." Fargo Aigus: A telegram froux Editor Mcciure, of the Alert, states that James town people are taking active measures to stop the passage of the Wasburn repeal of the pre-emption act. Jamestown is ever Alert. •hi'-'.. Uv a rearrangement of Edmunds, Brown, Day and McPhersou counties, three new counties have been formed. Aberdeen 4ias neon made the county seat of Brown county, and property has as a consequence materially advanced in price. A large amount ot' property is owned by Jamestown citizens, who will lie glad to learn of the rearrangement referred to. Whiles ltting the Pulman on the "Royal Route," Tuesday night, on the way from Chicago to St. Paul we \ver° surprised to see our county treasurer, W. E. Mansfield, accompanied by his bride, come in at Aladisou, Wis. They stopped at Fargo yesterday morning and will come to Jamestown on the train to-day, Mrs. Mansfield is a pleasant and amiable lady, and as sue comes to make her home among us she will no doubt be received by our courteous and hospitable people in such a way as to make her feel at home in our sprightly and beautiful little city. The Bismarck Tribune notices with apparent regret that the Alert has as sumed a more serious and business like air of late, but docs not seem to under stand the cause. The fact is that there has been such a revival of business in the North Dakota metropolis that the Alert finds all it cui do to attend to the heavy duties that have been forced upon it. When the boom strikes Bismarck, if it ever does, the Tribune will have to pull off its coat like the Alert and go to work in earnest, laying aside all levity for something more profitable. The Onawa Gazette says it is under stood in railway circles that the work the Milwaukee company has mapped out to commencc earl}' this season, and which it considers as most important, will include the buildiug of about sixty-live miles of line in the Jim valley, in Dakota, com pleting various branches now in opera tion, which would give the Milwaukee a direct line from Jamestown, an the Nor thern Pacific, down the Jim valley to Sioux City, and thence a direct connec tion with Chicago via the Defiance line. It would seem to the casual observer as though the construction of this line was of prime necessity to the Milwaukee sys tem, forming a connecting link which it cannot well afford to do without. The Minneapolis Tribune says that the progress made in the construction of the Northern Pacific railway is wonderful, if not unprecedented. Correcting an error which appeared in that paper, Mr. A. L. Stokes, general eastern agent of the com pany, writes to the' Chicago Journal to say that it is the intention to complete the road by the 1st of September next, which is a month earlier than the date originally fixed upon by the present man agement. Trains are now running through to Livington, Montana, 1,030 miles west of Minneapolis, and will enter Bozeman in two weeks. The Pend d'Oreille divi sion is in operation from Wallula Junc tion to Thompson's river, Montana, 321 miles. The gap is being closed from both ends as fast as money and human energy can close it, and six months hence the great northern transcontinental route will be an accomplished fact. While East the editor of the Alert was asked a great many times if he could tell how long it would be before the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul would have com pleted their line to Jamestown. In each instance he was compelled to reply by saying that he did not know and we don't know, neither does that road know. The facts are neither the St. Paul road or tne Northwestern will come to Jamestown until it is policy for them to do so, or in other words so long as it is policy for them not to do so. At the present writ ing every bit of the Northern Pacific bus iness, both passenger and freight, be wee Chicago and St. Panl is being equally divided between the St. Paul road and the North Western, which busi ness is worth more even in its divided state, to either of these lines than a line from here to Ellendale or Aberdeen could possibly be, and so long as the Northern Pacific railroad company can make it an object for these lines to keep away from Jamestown they will do so. Should the Northern Pacific commenee figuring for a line of their own between St. Paul and Chicago, then these roads would begin to think about extending their lines into iU territory. There is no question how ever but that the time is not far distant when Jamestown will enjoy the benfits of a southern outlet. While oo liie way out from St. Paul yesterday, the writer had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of V. F. Steele, proprietor of the town of that name,coun ty seat of Kidder county. Mr. Steele was on his return from Yankton where hfc has been in the interest of the bill before the legislature authorizing the bnilding of a $20,000 court house in Steele and which he had the gratification of seeing become a law. Mr. Steele is a clever and enterprising gentleman and deserves the success that has attended his efforts, and will no doubt be further re warded by seeing his town grow and with the rapidity that charac teristic ot the booming towns of North Dakota, In which none congratulates him does the Alert. Mr. Steele in the Alert that Mr. Nickeus is em •IrtlfiBt the leader of the council, and and baa his favor and feaUcr stttttM be ever dwire it. With ot Mr. Ktefcem la the cow *»Wteeqgnaeea in that bod^ record that will tell in William waking ^a $2 QCUM LOCAL AFFAIRS From Saturday's Daily. From Illinois. 1 have now been here four days and have.been under the cross-fire of from two to half a dozen questioners concern ing Dakota whenever 1 make my appear ance down town ever since. I think 1 have been interviewed upon the subject by at least two hundred different per sons most of whom express either a de termination or a desire to go there. 1 advise no one to pull up and go, but tell them what men have done and are doing and leave the going wholly with their own judgment. There is but one class whom I positively and emphatically ad vise not to go to Dakota, and that class is made up of the goods-box wliittlcrs and those who are always "waiting for some thing to turn up." Quite a number of families are making preparation to move out to Dakota in the spring, out most of those so far as they had' already decided upon emigrating have contracted for their transportation to points on the C. M. & St. 1\ and C. «fc N. W. in the southern part of the terri tory, mainly about Huron. These rail road companies have local agents estab lished all through this country empower ed to contract through freight cars to any point on their lines at a low rate —from this place it is $70 per car. There seems to have been no inducement in the way of cheap freight to points in North Dakota on the line of the N. P. railroad, and it is hard to convince people that the advantages of the northern portion of the territory is enough better to justify the increased expense in getting to it. So long as these things remain, just so long will tho odds be against us in the way of inducing immigration. To those who oiler the objection of cold so extreme that a person cannot live I offer myself in refutation, and I can truly say that in an experience of thirty years with the winters of Illinois I had suffered more here with the cold in the same ainodnt of exposure than I did in Dakota. But after all 1 find this objec tion come principally from those who would be of no advantage to the territory if they were there, except to count in the census report. Some raise the objection that the great wheat lands will soon wear out. That same objection was made against Illinois in refernce to the production of corn in its early settlement, but none of the croakers ever lived to see their fears realized, and the same will be true of those who croak about Dakota wheat lands. That is a question thao they may well refer to their posterity. The streams in this country are higher than ever before ^known, and railroad bridges have been swept away in large numbers, so that trains are very uncer tain. It rained all last week until Fri day night when the mercury fell from 56 above to zero in about six hours. Busi ness of ail kinds is dead here and has been ail winter. Most of the merchants are wishing they could sell out and go somewhere where there is more life and trade. The corn crop last year was very little above half a crop, and a great deal of that has been damaged by the snow au'1 ice of the winter. N J. C. WAKNOCK, Mason City, 111. American Citizens. Our patriotic citizen, Mr. Anton Klaus, wishing to celebrate the anniversary of Washington's birthday, went canvassing yesterday for powder, etc., to "cannon izc" this morning. He canvassed inef fectually among the American citizens for the powder, but all he could get from them was the matches. The German and Irish citizens furnished the powder. Oh, Americans! thy patriotism waneth sadly we fear.—Capital. The Alert protests against any conduct, either by word or deed, that tends to the glorifying of any class of citizens because of an accident of birth. The above para graph smacks loo strongly of the style of some oflice-seekers this country produces. So-called politicians sometimes are Ted to believe that to gush over foreigners is the sure road to success. They think in ex tolling the virtues of our foreign-born citizens, and at the same time disparag ing the native-born, they are paving the way "to glory and to fame." Mr. Klaus is a gentlemen respected by all, but not because he was born on the other side of the water, but on account ot ins oroad, liberal spirit, and his readiness to con tribute to the public welfare. In this country neither native birth nor foreign birth should avail anything, but the wish and ability take hold and work for the good of the community and the coui.lry. The following from an eastern exchange may prove useful. It gives the views of Mayor Edson of New York on the sub ject: A number of Germans waited on Mayor Edson and suggested that it would be em inently proper to recognize the claims of German democrats in the matter of pat ronage. The mayor replied that he wish ed the idea might become better appre ciated that when Germans, Frenchmen, Danes and lrismen come here and be come citizens they cease to become Ger mans or Irishmen or anything but Amer ican citizens, entitled to a citizen's rights. The delegation looked at each other in as tonishment. From Sunday'w Daily. Spring. The cold winds of winter have nearly blown themselves out. Their freshness and power are beginning visibly to wane, and they take hold with a more feeble grip. Soon they will lose their remain ing strength and die and give place to the gentle zephyrs that bring joy and glad ness and sunshiue with them. The snow which comes .with Winter's first breath is the great redeeming feature of Nature's close season. But for it winter would be cheerless indeed. It forms a mantle in which mother earth is wrapped and protected from chill frosts. It gives us a means of conveyance over which we can travel awl carry our burdens with facility. It affords alight and brightness without which the season would be a petted of gloom. The now, however, mast go with the advent of spring. It areita aad turns to vapor, descending agm in the fotm of genial rain. which imakm the earth give to the comes ou apace, bringing warmth and love. All nature will awake and rise to receive the greeting of her smile. The flowers will open their petals and sparkle with gladness. The birds will return from their far-oil" hiding places in other climes and sing their songs of praise to the warming sun. There will be a return of all things living ns from the tomb. These seasons are typical of human life. As in winter all tilings of nature are gin a state of sleep and death, from which they awake with the coming of spring, so there are times in man's ex perience when he may be said to sleep as to a particular phase or state of lile, from which he wakes into another to re new himself. His childhood dies that youth may come forth from that death and the life be renewed on a higher and more active plane. Youth in like man ner passes into the grave, from which rises a more fruitful and more perfect manhood. Aud finally the man dies as to his body that he may rise again as to li'is spirit or real man into a more glorious spring, a more fruitful summer, lie puts off the chrysalis state of this world to rise into the butterliy state of a higher. Spring should find men advanced with their life's work. In tins Northwest it brings tliem nearer the attainment of a position of competency. Each succeed ing season gives them anew phase of farm life. More land has been brought under the plow The duties arc more extended, tho life broadened. And tiie mind and character should grow broader and better as each step is takeu. So the lesson of the season will not be lost. The Value of Railways. Nowhere in the wide world is the ben efit conferred on mankind by the inven tion of railways more manifest than here in the great West of America. Where the railway goes there is to be found civi lization, intelligence, comfort. The wilderness and solitary place become glad, and the desert is made to bud and blossom and bring forth the rich produc tions which make men happy. Here in the central part of the American conti nent i.re extended plains which would still continue for generations the home of the buffalo aud the savage red man but for the invention of the tramway. But the iron horse drives these before it, and they recede to distant parts where his whistle cannot be heard. Along the line of his travel gather men who love litera ture, science and art. These cause the transformation scene which takes place. Here in Jamestown we have an illus tration of what the railway docs for a lo cality. Imagine if j-ou can what our city would Jje without it. None of our fine buildings would have been erected. If white men were found here at all the would be but few, who would be living in huts, like savages aud trapping wild ani mals for the paltry return their fur would bring. Our rich land would be valueless for cultivation because its pro ducts could not be transmitted to the markets of the world. But with the com ing in of a railway what a change comes over the scene! Not only does civiliza tion appear, but the very earth advances from being a thing of no value and be comes worth from ten to fifty dollars an acre. This sudden assumption of value is due to the providing of facilities for transmitting the products of the country to those parts of the world where they are to be consumed and bringing back those things that are required for use here. The more these facilities are increased the more valuable does our land become. What wonder, then, that there should be a great desire to have railway compe tition in any locality which shall reduce the rates of freight to the lowest possible price? In proportion as this reduction takes place, in the same proportion does the value of property increase. It is believed that the moment work is begun on a road to come in from llie south that moment farming land in the vicinity of this city will rise in value from one to five dollars per acre. City property will also advance in like proportion. When therefore the report was circu-, lated this week that the Milwaukee com pany Had it among their plans for this season to complete their line up the James liiver Valley to Jamestown, there is no wonder the news was caught at with great avidity. The announcement was nj£de apparently without authority, and it is not well to place much confi dence in it. The advisability of such a line to complete the Milwaukee system is apparent, but it is by no means certain that the road will be built this year. It would be well, then, for our board of trade to still keep at work in their efforts to make another read an assured fact. There is no douot but that any in ducements we can offer will have their weight with the company in deciding them to go on with the work at once. This is a matter in which it is important to take early steps, because the longer it is delayed the more difficult will it be come to carry it through to success. And we lose otherwise by delay. ResigncJ. Special to the Alert. ST. PAUL, Feb. 24—Agent P. M. Daly resigned his position as station agent at Jamestown to-day. Cause not known, but it is said that it was on account of a personal quarrel with the auditor of the road. Mr. Daly has been in the employ of the Northern Pacific company for years and for the past eighteen months agent at this station. He is an accommodating and pleasant gentleman to transact busi ness with and our citizens generally will regret his departure. The station is in the charge of Traveling Auditor Meioy who will remain until another agent is appointed. A University for Jamestown. The lev. J. II. Hartman lias lieen in correspondence with some of the mag nates of the Baptist denomination in New York City relative to the planting of a university by that church in the beautiful metropolis of the James river valley. Messrs. Atkinson, Parnell and 1 ". Sf^'^'PSI WW acres of land for a site for the institution on the high bluffs south of the river com manding a line view of the city with the timber fringed stream between. II. 1J. Mooreliouse, D. D., secretary of the home mission society, proposes tj visit •Jamestown this summer to look the ground over and further consider and weigh the matter. The Baptist denomin ation have no university or college this side of Chicago, and propose establishing one somewhere in the northwest at an early day. Certainly a more healthy or elighll'ul location could not be chosend than Jamestown, and the Alert earnestly hopes the scheme .will materialize. Bismarck's Boom. Bismarck was so fortunate on Friday as to have one of the territorial institu tions of Dakota voted to that booming city as its location. The council at Yankton passed the house bill locating the Noith Dakota penitentiary there, and appropriated $50,000 for its construction. We congratulate the Banner City ou this piece of good fortune. It will be a good starter for lier. The expenditure of so large an amount rin public buildings will give it quite a lift in the building boom, and the continued ^ut!ay of the money required to keep the institution in proper running shape will be a sourcc of enrich ment to the place. Bismarck is going to make one of the big cities of Dakota. She is now shaping in the right direction. Iler old, frontier character has passed away and she already takes rank as an in telligent, orderly towu. Bismarck will have a big boom this year, and every citizen of Jamestown will unite with the Alert in wishing that her prosperity may long continue. From Tuesday's Dull} Repealing the Prc-Eniption Law. The Alert yesterday received tho fol lowing special telegram on the subject of the proposed repeal of the pre-emption law by congress: FAKCO, L' eb. 20—A delegation of prom iueut citizens of Grand Forks reached here this evening and are thoroughly arousing our citizens in regard to the danger to North Dakota at Washburne's success in getting his repeal of the pre-emption act passed through the house, attached to the sundry civil appropriation bill, which af fects the homestead law in sucli a way as to be detrimental to tho interests of in coming settlers. Dispatches are being sent from all sections of the territory to delegates Pettigrew and liayinonu to have the Wasburue section stricken out of the sundry civil appropriation bill by the senate. They believe that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage will be done to Dakota should that amendment become law. Let your citi zens act promptly by telegraph. The above matter was laid before the Jamestown board of trade yesterday after noon, at a meeting called for the purpose, when a committee was appointed con sisting of Mr. Marsh, Rose and Wade, to draft a protest against the repeal, to be signed by the president and secretary ol" the board and forwarded to Washington by telegraph. Accordingly the following dispatch was sent last night to Delegate Pettigrew, Delegate-elect Raymond, aud O. II. Hewitt, representative of the board of trade in Washington. JAMESTOWN, D. T., Feb. 20.—The Board of Trade, in special session, re quests your best efforts in the senate to prevent the repeal of the pre-einpliou laws. A. KLAUS, Pres. 1. C. WAUE, Sec. The feeling is very general throughout Dakota that the repeal of the pre-emp tion laws will be a great detriment to the territory, and hcnce protests are being sent-to Washington from every quarter. The abolit on of pre-emption would greatly tend to retard the settlement of the cpuntry. As long as there is so much wild land in the United States congress should use every possible means of get ting actual settlers upon it. But the adoption of an illiberal policy will have a contrary effect. DaKota is just now more interested in this matter than any other section of the country, and her pro test should have some weight with the senate. A Jamcstouiau in Washington. FHIEM) MCCLUHE:—Once more 1 ven ture to write you a few lines, not as a news article, but as a supplication for news for the sunny south as it is termed below here but I assure you I saw but little of the sun while there. Now I want you to send the Weekly Alert for one year to the enclosed address and when I get home come iiyind get your money. For some reason the copy we have been sending for the last two years don't reach its destination. Whether it attracted so much attention that it was taken from the mails by the hungry ones or whether they were afraid of letting so much light go into that dark country, I know not but we will try once more at any rate. We have every reason i.o be proud of our papers. The papers of these old countries and cities can't compare with ours of the Morthwest. Congress don't seem to be doing any thing hut quarrel over the tariff aud ap propriation bills, there are no hopes of their reaching a conclusion this 47ih ses sion. Burrows, of Michigan, is diligent in the interest of Dakota, lie is trying his best to fetch np the admission oill again before the close. Pettigrew seems to be held in high regard here and has woi'ked zealously in the interests of the territory. Raymond is spoken of with caution, but is loaked upon as a shrewd man and a hard worker. I think he will be an im partial delegate. I am told that he is more than favorably impressed with Jamestown and did his best to secure a land office for us. Major McLaughlin, of the U. S. Indian department, at Standing Rock, I). T., formerly of Devil's Lake, is here for the first lime, after a twelve year's service in the department, on an unlimited visit. He is, as we all know, a model agent,and every one who knows him will be pleased to know that he is appreciated by the de partment. 1 learn that Sitting Bull and tribe are to be sent back to the Standing Rock agency, by bis (Sitting Bull's) own request. This shows that the Indians have confidence in him, he is a worker for Dakota. T«I TAW without doubt betid «f UM scandal injiigh life that is agitating this city. It readies the highest point. 1 have tried to get a paper that had it in to send to you, but arrived too late. I have a good dual to toil you about Virginia polities when 1 get homo, but have tres ts.scd on your good nature ci great deal farther than 1 intended to when 1 com menced, so it is my treat. I ivmain very respectfully yours, J. W. Goouiucii. Krom WtilMiBciny's llully. information Wanleil. The Alert yesterday received the fol lowing private letter, which is a fair sample of hundreds received constantly, and which we are called upon to answer: FAKMIKGTO.V, Feb. 16, 18S3. Eurroti AI.KKT:—Your paper to luiud,' and thanks to \ou for your kindness. Enclosed please lind one dollar, for which send me the Weekly Alert, and when my tunc expires 1 will probably be in your country. .Now, Mr. Editor, there are several parties want to come out to Dako ta, wagon makers, carpenters, plasterers, laborers and a storekeeper. Can you give us information how large is the popula tion of your city and county? Can such men gel work in your city? What is the rate on freight from Chicago to your town? Can a store with $10,000 or $12, 000 niaku living and more? or can you advise us of any other place besides yours near the railroad where a store can do a good bmitiess? How large stocks do your merchants carry? Have you any Jews in your town? If so how many? Please tell us all the particulars, and if wc ever should meet you will not lose anything by it. Can there be a storehouse! rented in the lasr. business part of the town? What are the rates of rent, per month? Do you have brick or frame houses? Can a brickmaker do well there? I don't want, to trouble you any mure. I suppose yon know what we want. What is the distance between your town and Bismarck and St. Paul. Hoping to hear from you soon, I am respectfully yours, A. Kugel. The above is rather a formidable array of questions, but most of them are natural ones, aud the Alert will answer them as well as it can in a few words for the in formation of the many who make similar inquiries almost every day. 1. The population of Jamestown in January when the census was completed was 2,044 the population of the county is about 4,300. 2. There is a great demand here for the classes you name, especially carpen ters, plasterers, and the like, as then will be a large amount of building this sea son. 3. The rates on freight from Chicago here can lie learned in Chicago. Tlicy are less on sctllers'ellccts than ou ordina ry merchandise. 4. As to a store being made to pay here, that depends largely ou the business capacity of the manager. Our best houses carry larger slocks than the amounts named. There are other good points growing up in this country con stantly where excellent business oppor tunities of all kinds present themselves. 5. There are two or three Jewish firms here, including some staunch busi ness men. 0. Stores have been built for rent in the business centre of the city, but usual ly they are engaged before they are half finished. Rents vary according to loca tion. They are about the same as in other western towns of the size. 7. Our buildings are principally framej though we have some fine brick aud stone blocks. More bricic buildings will be erected this season than ever before. The demand for bricks is an increasing one. 8. Jamestown is a little less than 400 in.les west of St. Paul, and 101 miles east of Bisinarck. Frcm Thursday JiuI 'I lie Matter of Freights. In another column will be found a communication from a gentleman in LaMoure county on the subject of freights as affecting immigration, and the Alert desires to set people right upon the subject so that they may place the blame where it belongs, if there is any blame in the matter. The correspondent's own statement would indicate where the blame belongs, as by the discriminations against St. Paul of the railroads referred to they induce emigrants to go into the southern portion of the territory. While the Alert lias no sympathy with any railread in ex tortion or discrimination, nor is this paper under any subsidized obligations to the Northern Pacific or any other railroad company, we certainly think it unfair and unjust to blame the Northern Pacific with the state of affairs complained of. They have to pay the C. M. & St. P. and C. & N.-W. full rates for every car brought t° St. Paul by those companies, and it can not be reasonably expected that the N. P. could or would carry those cars from that point out here for nothing, or to compete with those through lines by car rying the cars for nothing and giving a premium of $20 per car besides. The Northern Pacific is a grand enter prise and a great railroad. It was the first to penetrate the uninhabited wilds west of Minnesota. It has practically made North Dakota what it is, and while it received a large land gr.int those lands were without value until it pushed its line through and made them valuable. It has unquestionably opened up to settle ment the best part of Dakota and the greatest and most profitable wheat growj ing region the world. Tho?% who have investigated the subject thoroughly and intelligently canvassed the question from a business point of vie A* have not stood upon the matter of a few dollars in freights in deciding to locate in North Dakota. Those who desire to emigrate to points along the iiue of the Northern Pacific we have every reason to believe can obtaiD a liberal rate Iroin St. Paul for their goods, and as that is the eastern terminus of the road, it should.not be held responsible for the rates exacted by oilier roads to that point. The fact of other roads exacting forty per cent, more for cars to St. Paul than to points farther west is prima facia evidence of extortion in rates to St. Paul, and whatever blame there may be in the matter obviously should be held against them, and not against the Northern Pa cific, wliic& has no control over the sub ject up to tbat point, nor any competing line to that place from the oast or south. While under this condition of thinf* 4 I W •••••. -g wo* wsfrf- "r our immigration may not be as large ns it might otherwise be, we ne^d have no fears of a want of settlers. We will have all that is necessary for the rapid devel opment of our country, and as the superi or merits of this section become better knwn the immigration will increase with a steady and healthier rapidity. Coiiiiuunieatcii. ED. ALEUT:—In your weekly of the lGth inst appears an account of the appoint ment of a committee by the Jamestown board of trade to secure better rates of transportation for emigrants over the Northern Pacific railway, which is per haps all right, but he gentlemen of iliai committee will lind out sooner or Inter that they are, if such a thing is possible in timberless Dakota, '-barking up the wrong tree." Last winter, as secretary of an Illinois colony hound for LaMoure county, I se cured reasonable rates over the Northern Pacific from St. Paul to Jamestown, only to lind out that the Chicago, Milwaukee & St.. Paul It. R. along which we were then living would carry us to the end of their track north of Aberdeen, or to any point on their line in Dakota for $20 per car less than they would charge us to St. Paul alone. The Chicago & North West ern was also figured with and they talked about the same. In other words, they would neither of them haul us from Illinois to St. Paul for less than $50, but they would haul us through St. Paul to any point on their lines in Dakota for $30 and M. & St. P. finally gave us a special train and passenger coach with special tickets for all our members not entitled to free passes. As a natural result our crowd nearly all settled in Dickey county, although lliey fully intended in the start to go further north. Now this is only one instance out ol many thousands, and tins spring wi 11 differ from last only in an increase of immigration and perhaps an iucreasc of discrimination by these roads in favor of points tributary to their lines. If Jamestown really has any idea of be coming what nature designed her to be, the metropolis of North Dakota, let her citizens prove their faith by their works, and next summer grade -a road south to connect with these two great lines, for they virtually unite at Aberdeen. Until this is done your city, beautiful as it is, will be entirely out of the way of the crowds who must come over one or the other of these lines, from their homes to St. Paul, but let your people secure the right ot way, and grade some of the road and they will soon find that rail roads as well as Providence will help those who help themselves, and one or both of these giant corporations will take your city in and then you will sec cars hauled from Chicago to Jamestown for less than they charge from Chicago to St Paul. To be sure the Dakota branches of these great roads are only summer roads, blocked up with snow for one third of the year, and seemingly not worth connect ing with. The fact of tlieir east and west lines being closed every winter at or near the east line of the territory only proves ilie itaore conclusively the necessity and the natural advantage of a north and south road up the James River Valley, by which the traveling public could get north of the snow belt onto the ^Northern Pacific and out into the world by way of the orange groves of Fargo, and if it were made a continuous line to Yankton our legislators would not have to travel quite so far to reach the centre of gravity. Jamestown may be sure of one thing, if she does not secure this southern connec tion and some other town will, that town will be THE town of the North Dakota just as long as our prairies raise No. 1 Hard. Yours, 1 DUG-OUT. DAKOTA DOTS. The Gerroux hotel at Pembina changed hands last week. The new Masonic liall at Bismarck was dedicated Thursday. A large quantity of lumber is being hauled into the Devil's Lake country. The Mandan Pioneer says the bad lands of Daketa will become a popular summer resort. Wm. Finnegan robbed the till of the Merchant's hotel at Mandan, of $18 and was locked up Tuesday. The Inter Ocean says the Mayville peo ple send over a dog sleigh daily for their heavy consignment of goods, which now can only reach them by way of Port land. Fargo Argus: There is a rumor that the case made against Druggist Nelson, for putting up the wrong medicine, was a put up job by which a bigger fraud gets $1,300. Thus far, since the opening of the Da kota legislative session, forty-one enact ments have been passed, signed by the governor and deposited with the secre tary. According to .measurements taken Wednesday, of the width of the Missouri river at Yankton, the distance square across the stream, inclusive of sand bars, is less than half a mile at most places in this vicinity. Mr. Dawson, a scientist, who has been investigating the resources of the North west territory, bas discovered inexausta ble deposits of coal in the Bow and Belly river regions. He claims that the supply in a single square mile in some sections is equal to 9,000,000 tons. Washington correspondence of Pioneer Press: E. A. Grant, of Fargo, who was renominated as postmaster, has declined. His standing with the post office depart ment was excellent. N. N. Tyner, a brother of ex-Post master General Tyner, it is supposed, will be nominated in place of Mr. Grant. There is a post-office represented in the Postal Guide as located in Stutsman county, Dakota, of which no one seems to know anything. It don't even have a local habitation, but only a name, and was probably put down because so many places are growing up in this vicinity that the makers of the book feared we should run out of names for them and gave us one. It is to be hoped the gov ernment don't pay too extravagantly for the mail service to this mythical place. (79 week. tl a 4ay at home eaailjr and* Costly oeUtt INS. AMnssTm «Oo.,Aa gesh.Wslas 1 Vt^ CONDENSED TELEGRAMS. NEW YOKK, Feb. 28—Strong's snuff nulls at Dulch Kills and Maspth, Long Islaud was seized and destroyed by rev enue officers. AUSTIN, Tex., Fell. 28—A negro WAS hung by an infuriated mob last night at Eligin for attempting to rape a little school girl. Titov, Fell. 28—Tl.onnis Mays of this city began suit to recover forly-fou hun dred acres of land sold for taxes in Atasca counly in 1835. CHICAGO, Feb. 28—Near Palatine, 111., three cars ot a train on the & N.-W. road were ditched. One child injured and fifty passengers wounded. NEW YoitK, Feb. 28—Lou sP. Carman, ex-sei:r«'tary of the JManhaitan Fire In surance company is missing since Sunday. Accounts with company short $40,000. CAIKO, 111., Feb. 28—The local fall in the river here is wa inches, gauge read ing 52 feet. Rapid decline is expected from now on. Clear and miid to-n gbt. CHICAGO, Feb. 28—Geo. 11. Taylor & Co., large paper and printing establish ment confessed judgment this morning for $120,000. The place was se zed by the sheriff is now the hands of a deputy. LITTLE ROCK, Feb. 28—Wm. Davidson, a member of llie legislature from Sharp count}', while intoxicated, jumped into the river early this morning and drowned Both houses adjourned out ot' respect to his memory. INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 28—Judge Gres'.ian in the United States court rendered a fur ther decree in favor of the holders of Wabasli and Western Equipment bonds for accrued interest amounting to over $418,000. AUGUSTA, Me., Feb. 28—The bill rest' r ing the deatl» penalty passed the house with amendments permitting the jury io recommend prisoners to tho mercy ol ibe court, and giving prisoner's counsels bo closing argument. LONDON, Feb. 28—The Duke of Cam bridge, presiding at the meeting of the national rifle association says the associa tion looked forward with pleasure to giv ing the American team a most hearty welcome at Wimbledon. CLEVELAND, Feb. 28—Edward lieLin died this morning from a bullet wouud received at the hands of assailants night before last. Better could not tell who the guilty ones were. The object of the murder was thought to have been robbery, but Belter's resistance frustrated them. LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 28—The :ifty third drawing of the Commonwealth Dis tribution took place place to-day. Ticket No. 41,801 drew the capital prize of ^:J0, 000. No. 90,207 drew $10,000. No. !I,T4!) drew $5,000. Nos. 1C,U37, 17,790,27,158, 30,371, 41,404 and 09,335 each drew $?,000. BOSTON, Feb. 28—The house defeated by 127 to 00 the bill giving female citi zens the right to vote for city and town officers, to liaid city aud towu ofiiccs aud vote.iu town meeting. Appli ation of Edward Ryan for new trial overruled. Ryan is under Senteuco of death for wife murder. !:T. Louis, Feb. 28—A special from Alton, 111., says: Tuesday afternoon John Jones, a farm hand assaulted the 10 year old daughter of fanner Saunders. Jones fled leaving the child almost dead. A party artud in pursuit and captured him after careful search last night when he confessed his guilt. The tiding against him is biiter and there is strong talk ot giving the wretch a taste ol lynch law. TOHONTO, Feb. 27—The general elec tion ior the province of Ontn-r took place to-day. There arc eight-eight coa stitueucies. At midnight the r,it urns in. dicate that the reform government of which Olliver Mowat is premier, earned forty-seven seats, and the opposition tlnr ty-six. All the ministers were reelected. Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and London returned oppositionists, and Hamilton ministerialists. Five places are yet to be heard from. Three will probably rc.ura oppositionists and two ministerial. MILWAUKEE, Feb. 27—Great con* erna tion prevails on account of the toic.iten ing water famine. The inlet of the water works is clogged up by ice and reservoirs contain only half a million gallou^biu ely sufficient to supply the average consump tion for half a day. The water works were stopped from midnight until this evening when the pumps started again, but no water flows. In case of fire the city would be in severe distress. The supply was just suificient to cover tho average consumption, and the bill now pending before the legislature authonzing the city to issue $400,000^additional water bond?. ST. PAUL, Feb. 27—The governor sen in the following nominations ut noon to* day and tliey were confirmed Insurance commissioner, A. li. McGill inspector of oil, Henry A. Castle superintendent of public instruction, D. L. Keihb•: state librarian, W. II. 11. Taylor warden of the state prison, J. A. Reed surveyor general of logs, Wm. S. King, of Minnea polis Leonidas Merritt of Duluih .lohn S. Proctor of Stillwater regents oi the state university, Knute Nelson (v:( Ed gerton),Jolin S. Pillsbury (vice Marshall), C. K. Davis (vice Tousldy), Grocnlef Clarke, reappointed normal sei.« o| board, A.C. Hickman (vice Wright), I!. Wil son, Sanford Niles, J. C. Whitm .: trus tees of insane asylums, M. J. tunnels, John F. Meagher trustees of deal and dumb and*blind, G. B. Whipple and R. A. Moot state reform school managers, W. lngersoll, T. B. Walker (vice Geo. Lotis) prison inspectors, E. G. Bulls and John Delaittre members of st^te board of equalization, 1st district, S \V. Fur bcr of Washington county, vice It Leh micke, August 12, 1882 3rd district, J. S. Lawrence of Wabasha county, reap pointed August 12, 1882 5th district, Z. Page of Dodge county, reappointed August 12, 1S82 7th district, Thos. Mont gomery of Nicollet county, reappointed August 12, 1882 loth d.strict, John McNally of Houston county, vice E. W. Trask, resigned August 12, 18£2 11th district, Hugh Thompson of Polk county, vice A. N. Leip resigned^ .. 7 i/ 4-' /if.' X- I A to'?!!